LONDON, UK: comScore, Inc, a leader in measuring the digital world, has released an overview of Internet usage in Europe, showing that 379.4 million Europeans went online in November 2011 for an average of 27.8 hours per person.
This release highlights Internet usage in 49 European markets aggregated into the European region and provides individual reporting on 18 markets. Amongst its findings, the study also showed that 47.8% of Europeans visit newspaper sites, with a notable percentage of visits to the top 5 newspaper sites preceded by a visit to Facebook.
Nearly 1 in 2 Europeans visit newspaper sites
In November 2011, 181.5 million unique people in Europe visited newspaper sites, an increase of 9% from the previous year. The Daily Mail continued to attract the largest audience at 20.1 million unique visitors, followed by The Guardian at 15.7 million unique visitors. Turkish newspapers Hürriyet and Milliyet and German newspaper Bild rounded out the top five newspaper properties, with each attracting approximately 10 million unique visitors.
Top Newspaper Sites in Europe by Total Unique Visitors (000) November 2011 Total European Audience, Age 15+, Home and Work Locations
(Source: comScore Media Metrix)
Total Unique Visitors (000)
Total Internet : Total Audience
News/Information - Newspapers
KP.ru (Komsomolskaya Pravda)
Telegraph Media Group
RIA.ru (RIA Novosti)
An analysis of the sites visited by Europeans prior to visiting the top 5 newspaper sites shows that Google Sites preceded at least 12% of visits to the top 5 newspaper sites, with a significantly higher percentage seen for the Daily Mail and The Guardian (more than 23% of inbound site traffic). At least 10% of visits are preceded by a visit to Facebook, second only to Google Sites. (This data includes both direct referrals from Facebook links and visits initiated by direct user navigation following a visit to Facebook.)
Interestingly, the percentage of traffic to these sites preceded by a visit to Facebook has significantly increased in each case, highlighting both Facebook's growing prominence in the European web landscape and its increasing ability to drive referral traffic. The percentage of inbound site traffic preceded by a Facebook visit was highest at Turkish site Milliyet, where it accounted for nearly a fifth of traffic (18.9%). Facebook visitation also preceded a significant percentage of inbound traffic to the Daily Mail and The Guardian, with both sites at approximately 13%, while German newspaper site Bild.de saw an even higher share (14.8%). Milliyet, the fifth largest European newspaper site, demonstrated the highest point change in such traffic (9-percentage point increase), followed closely by The Guardian (8-percentage point increase).
Traffic to Top 5 Newspaper Sites in Europe Preceded by Facebook.com November 2011 vs. November 2010 Total European Audience, Age 15+, Home and Work Locations (Source: comScore Media Metrix)
Percentage of Incoming Traffic Preceded by A Visit to Facebook.com
Fastest growing properties in Europe
Google Sites continued to rank as the top European web property in November with 347.3 million unique visitors, reaching 91.5% of the total European Internet audience. Meanwhile, Russian social network VKontakte continued to display the highest average engagement amongst the top properties, with European visitors spending 438.9 minutes (7.3 hours) on the site. Amongst the fastest growing properties in Europe from October to November were the home improvement retailer Kingfisher (up 21%), followed by French film property AlloCiné Sites (up 19%). Social networking site LinkedIn.com and daily deals site Groupon also ranked amongst the fastest growing properties, exhibiting a 6-percent month-on-month increase and a 4-percent increase, respectively.
Top 15 Fastest Growing Properties* in Europe by Total Unique Visitors (000) November 2011 vs. October 2011 Total Europe Audience, Age 15+, Home and Work Locations (Source: comScore Media Metrix)
Total Unique Visitors (000)
Total Internet Audience: Age 15+
The Mozilla Organisation
New York Times Digital
* Amongst the Top 100 online properties
European Internet usage by country
Below is a snapshot of European internet usage in the 18 reportable markets for which comScore provides individual reporting. The Russian Internet audience continued to grow and surpass Germany as the largest online market in Europe. The UK continued to show the highest engagement, with users spending an average of 38.2 hours online during the month.
Overview of European Internet Usage by Country Ranked by Total Unique Visitors (000) November 2011 Total Europe Audience, Age 15+, Home and Work Locations (Source: comScore Media Metrix)
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